Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 part deaux

Happy 2014!  It is the first day of the new year.  As you saw with my last entry, so much has happened.  There really aren't many words left to explain the I have included some pictures that will help me along the way. They are not in chronological order

To end a year of much effort at work, we have a fun little party for the BEST you can see...we played lots of fun games.  Just so you know, I did get it in my mouth.

After the party we went to lunch.  This girl has quickly became one of my really good friends.  She is one of the people who saved me from myself.  I owe her a lot. 

This year I turned 25! Hooray for cheaper car insurance!!! These are my party peeps :)

This is at Haydens 4th birthday party. 

(Above) My Aunt Dianne. (Below) my Neighbor Emma. We lost these two wonderful women in 2013, Less than 3 months apart no less.  Their absence has been felt far wide. Not a day goes by that I don't think of one of them. Treasure people in your is far to short to take for granted.  Tell people you love them, show them you care...remember them always.

This year was a very trying year in friendships for me.  There comes a point where you cut ties with those you never thought you would.  Now this isn't a "pity me" comment or anything, I am just telling you how it is.  You grow apart from people. Things happen and even the best of friends become strangers. it is a way of life.  No one is immune.  Do I hold any ill feelings? Not anymore. I am the type who loves unconditionally.  I wish those who aren't in my life anymore the best.  I hope they have great things in store for themselves.  Life goes on.

Little Rock had it's first ever Gay Pride Parade!!!  This is a picture of me and my sister while attending!  I credit her for my open mind.  If it wasn't for her I think this family would have caved to the southern republican ways.  She didn't know she created a crazy liberal monster...well...she knows now :)

I have worked with amazing people over this year.  I can't post pictures of them all but I have amazing co-workers.  They have really helped me find myself this year. I became a stronger woman because of their influence. 

This year, I not only moved mountains, I climbed them. Like I said, 2013 held a lot of personal growth for me. It was about being comfortable in my skin, loving myself, finding myself. It isn't the tallest mountain but you feel amazing at the top.  There is something so magical about the sweat, possible blood, and the aching muscles that you have when you reach the top.  That is MY mountain, I will become even better acquainted with it this year.  So be prepared...I am going to take a picture at the top ever single month.

I found I had a hobby that I never knew I possessed.  I love painting.  Turns out, I'm somewhat decent at it as well.  I never thought I could.  You put yourself into a box of what you can and can't do, and it limits your knowledge of yourself.  I always thought I was the "unartistic" friend.  I had no niche.  My other friends were the painters, photographers, marathon runners...but I had nothing.  This past year, I found out that we can share hats. You never know what you are capable of until you try.  You also never know what you will like until you attempt it. Well..the marathon runners still can have their hat for now.  But In 2015 I'm coming after it!

In conclusion 2013 was the most difficult, most painful, but surprisingly most rewarding year I have had so far.  I have had so many personal triumphs that cannot be overlooked.  I have broken down the walls of my usual comfort zone.  I discovered the woman that was blocked by toxic people.  I am pretty darn snazzy if I do say so myself.
I know this blog was even less put together than previous ones...but so was this year.  Life doesn't go in the order you originally plan for it.  It doesn't always make sense. You just have to go with the flow.  Write it down when you can, take pictures every chance you get, and don't forget to smile.
I love you all. I hope you stick around to see what happens with life in 2014.

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